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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915242/distinct-mechanisms-of-mutant-huntingtin-toxicity-in-different-yeast-strains
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Genrikh V Serpionov, Alexander I Alexandrov, Michael D Ter-Avanesyan
Expansion of polyglutamine stretches in several proteins cause neurodegenerative amyloidoses, including Huntington disease. In yeast, mutant huntingtin (mHtt) with a stretch of 103 glutamine residues (HttQ103) forms toxic aggregates. A range of yeast strains have been used to elucidate the mechanisms of mHtt toxicity, and have revealed perturbations of various unrelated processes. HttQ103 aggregates can induce aggregation of cellular proteins, many of which contain glutamine/asparagine-rich regions, including Sup35 and Def1...
December 2, 2016: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914601/effects-of-aquatic-exercise-on-muscle-strength-and-functional-performance-of-individuals-with-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review
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Fernanda de Mattos, Neiva Leite, Arthur Pitta, Paulo Cesar Barauce Bento
Water-based exercises are recommended for people with osteoarthritis (OA), due to the beneficial effects on physical function, quality of life and symptom reduction. However, the effects on muscle strength are still controversial. The aim of this review was to assess and compare the effects of aquatic exercise programs on muscle strength and physical function in people with OA. A systematic search was performed at Pubmed, Scopus and Web of Science databases. Clinical trials with interventions involving aquatic exercises for individuals with OA were included...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914278/fdstools-a-software-package-for-analysis-of-massively-parallel-sequencing-data-with-the-ability-to-recognise-and-correct-str-stutter-and-other-pcr-or-sequencing-noise
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Jerry Hoogenboom, Kristiaan J van der Gaag, Rick H de Leeuw, Titia Sijen, Peter de Knijff, Jeroen F J Laros
Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is on the advent of a broad scale application in forensic research and casework. The improved capabilities to analyse evidentiary traces representing unbalanced mixtures is often mentioned as one of the major advantages of this technique. However, most of the available software packages that analyse forensic short tandem repeat (STR) sequencing data are not well suited for high throughput analysis of such mixed traces. The largest challenge is the presence of stutter artefacts in STR amplifications, which are not readily discerned from minor contributions...
November 27, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913941/the-enigma-of-value-in-search-of-affordable-and-accessible-health-care
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EDITORIAL
Thomas D Szucs, Martina Weiss, Guido Klaus
In times of shrinking resources and pharmaceutical breakthrough situations, our value-assessing systems are stretched to their very limits. Assessing value is highly complex. Current value-assessment systems risk neglecting important factors, such as therapy duration, budget impact, or the importance of combination therapies. Especially when dealing with breakthrough therapies within high-prevalence indications, these factors play an important role in health care spending. When it comes to assessing value in Switzerland, the system is innovation and access-friendly; the price level of pharmaceutical products, however, is relatively high in comparison to neighboring countries...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913423/bronchodilatory-effect-of-deep-inspiration-in-freshly-isolated-sheep-lungs
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William D Wong, Lu Wang, Peter D Paré, Chun Y Seow
Taking a big breath is known to reverse bronchoconstriction induced by bronchochallenge in healthy subjects; this bronchodilatory effect of deep inspiration (DI) is diminished in asthmatics. The mechanism underlying the DI effect is not clear. Observations from experiments using isolated airway smooth muscle (ASM) preparations and airway segments suggest that straining of ASM due to DI could lead to bronchodilation, possibly due to strain-induced reduction in ASM contractility. However, factors external to the lung cannot be excluded as potential causes for the DI effect...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913359/network-unfolding-map-by-vertex-edge-dynamics-modeling
#6
Filipe Alves Neto Verri, Paulo Roberto Urio, Liang Zhao
The emergence of collective dynamics in neural networks is a mechanism of the animal and human brain for information processing. In this paper, we develop a computational technique using distributed processing elements in a complex network, which are called particles, to solve semisupervised learning problems. Three actions govern the particles' dynamics: generation, walking, and absorption. Labeled vertices generate new particles that compete against rival particles for edge domination. Active particles randomly walk in the network until they are absorbed by either a rival vertex or an edge currently dominated by rival particles...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912252/impact-of-stretching-on-the-performance-and-injury-risk-of-long-distance-runners
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Claire Baxter, Lars R Mc Naughton, Andy Sparks, Lynda Norton, David Bentley
Stretching, either prior to exercise or at the end, or both, is typically carried out by all individuals undertaking sporting activity whether they be elite or recreational athletes. The many forms of stretching available to the athlete, either passive or active, have long been thought to improve performance, decrease injury and generally be advantageous to the athlete. This review examines the current state of the literature and evaluates what athletes can and should do with respect to this controversial topic...
December 2, 2016: Research in Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911884/desorption-of-water-from-hydrophilic-mcm-41-mesopores-positron-annihilation-ftir-and-md-simulation-studies
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Priya Maheshwari, D Dutta, T Muthulakshmi, B Chakraborty, N Raje, P K Pujari
The desorption mechanism of water from the hydrophilic mesopores of MCM-41 was studied using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy supplemented with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. PALS results indicated that water molecules do not undergo sequential evaporation in a simple layer-by-layer manner during desorption from MCM-41 mesopores. The results suggested that the water column inside the uniform cylindrical mesopore become stretched during desorption and induces cavitation (as seen in the case of ink-bottle type pores) inside it, keeping a dense water layer at the hydrophilic pore wall, as well as a water plug at both the open ends of the cylindrical pore, until the water was reduced to a certain volume fraction where the pore catastrophically empties...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911872/p120-regulates-beta-catenin-nuclear-translocation-through-e-cadherin-endocytosis-in-ventilator-induced-lung-injury
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Changping Gu, Chenyang Dai, Yongtao Sun, Mengjie Liu, Yuelan Wang, Xinyi Wu
Mechanical stretch induces epithelial barrier dysfunction by altering the location and degradation of cellular junction proteins. p120-catenin (p120) is a cell-cell junction protein known to protect against ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) that results from improper ventilation of patients. In this study, we sought to determine the role of p120 in VILI and its relationship with the cellular response to mechanical stretch. Mouse lung epithelial cells (MLE-12) transfected with p120 siRNA, p120 cDNA, or E-cadherin siRNA were subjected to 20% cyclic stretch for 2 or 4 hours...
November 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911819/programmable-and-reversible-plasmon-mode-engineering
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Ankun Yang, Alexander J Hryn, Marc R Bourgeois, Won-Kyu Lee, Jingtian Hu, George C Schatz, Teri W Odom
Plasmonic nanostructures with enhanced localized optical fields as well as narrow linewidths have driven advances in numerous applications. However, the active engineering of ultranarrow resonances across the visible regime-and within a single system-has not yet been demonstrated. This paper describes how aluminum nanoparticle arrays embedded in an elastomeric slab may exhibit high-quality resonances with linewidths as narrow as 3 nm at wavelengths not accessible by conventional plasmonic materials. We exploited stretching to improve and tune simultaneously the optical response of as-fabricated nanoparticle arrays by shifting the diffraction mode relative to single-particle dipolar or quadrupolar resonances...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911784/%C3%AE-arrestin-mediates-the-frank-starling-mechanism-of-cardiac-contractility
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Dennis M Abraham, Robert T Davis, Chad M Warren, Lan Mao, Beata M Wolska, R John Solaro, Howard A Rockman
The Frank-Starling law of the heart is a physiological phenomenon that describes an intrinsic property of heart muscle in which increased cardiac filling leads to enhanced cardiac contractility. Identified more than a century ago, the Frank-Starling relationship is currently known to involve length-dependent enhancement of cardiac myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity. However, the upstream molecular events that link cellular stretch to the length-dependent myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity are poorly understood. Because the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) and the multifunctional transducer protein β-arrestin have been shown to mediate mechanosensitive cellular signaling, we tested the hypothesis that these two proteins are involved in the Frank-Starling mechanism of the heart...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910991/structural-fingerprints-of-yielding-mechanisms-in-attractive-colloidal-gels
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Arman Boromand, Safa Jamali, João M Maia
Core-Modified Dissipative Particle Dynamics (CM-DPD) with a modified depletion potential and full hydrodynamics description is used to study non-equilibrium properties of colloidal gels with short range attraction potentials at an intermediate volume fraction (ϕ = 0.2) under start-up shear deformation. Full structural and rheological analysis using the stress fabric tensor complemented by bond number and bond distribution evolution under flow reveals that similarly to dilute colloidal gels, flow-induced anisotropy and strain-induced stretching of bonds are present during the first yielding transition...
December 2, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910869/multiparameter-mechanical-and-morphometric-screening-of-cells
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Mahdokht Masaeli, Dewal Gupta, Sean O'Byrne, Henry T K Tse, Daniel R Gossett, Peter Tseng, Andrew S Utada, Hea-Jin Jung, Stephen Young, Amander T Clark, Dino Di Carlo
We introduce a label-free method to rapidly phenotype and classify cells purely based on physical properties. We extract 15 biophysical parameters from cells as they deform in a microfluidic stretching flow field via high-speed microscopy and apply machine-learning approaches to discriminate different cell types and states. When employing the full 15 dimensional dataset, the technique robustly classifies individual cells based on their pluripotency, with accuracy above 95%. Rheological and morphological properties of cells while deforming were critical for this classification...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910866/biomechanical-analysis-of-normal-brain-development-during-the-first-year-of-life-using-finite-strain-theory
#14
Jeong Chul Kim, Li Wang, Dinggang Shen, Weili Lin
The first year of life is the most critical time period for structural and functional development of the human brain. Combining longitudinal MR imaging and finite strain theory, this study aimed to provide new insights into normal brain development through a biomechanical framework. Thirty-three normal infants were longitudinally imaged using MRI from 2 weeks to 1 year of age. Voxel-wise Jacobian determinant was estimated to elucidate volumetric changes while Lagrange strains (both normal and shear strains) were measured to reveal directional growth information every 3 months during the first year of life...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910684/a-stretch-compress-scheme-for-a-high-temporal-resolution-detector-for-the-magnetic-recoil-spectrometer-time-mrst
#15
T J Hilsabeck, J A Frenje, J D Hares, C W Wink
A time-resolved detector concept for the magnetic recoil spectrometer for time-resolved measurements of the NIF neutron spectrum is presented. The measurement is challenging due to the time spreading of the recoil protons (or deuterons) as they transit an energy dispersing magnet system. Ions arrive at the focal plane of the magnetic spectrometer over an interval of tens of nanoseconds. We seek to measure the time-resolved neutron spectrum with 20 ps precision by manipulating an electron signal derived from the ions...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910675/erratum-a-fast-real-time-measurement-system-to-track-in-and-out-of-plane-optical-retardation-birefringence-true-stress-and-true-strain-during-biaxial-stretching-of-polymer-films-rev-sci-instrum-83-123901-2012
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909247/integration-of-transmembrane-domains-is-regulated-by-their-downstream-sequences
#17
Tina Junne, Martin Spiess
The Sec61 translocon catalyzes translocation of proteins into the endoplasmic reticulum and the lateral integration of transmembrane segments into the lipid bilayer. Integration is mediated by the hydrophobicity of a polypeptide segment consistent with thermodynamic equilibration between the translocon and the lipid membrane. Integration efficiency of a generic series of increasingly hydrophobic sequences (H-segments) was found to diverge significantly in different reporter constructs as a function of the ∼100 residues carboxyterminal of the H-segments...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909052/spontaneous-unfolding-refolding-of-fibronectin-type-iii-domains-assayed-by-thiol-exchange-thermodynamic-stability-correlates-with-rates-of-unfolding-rather-than-folding
#18
Riddhi Shah, Tomoo Ohashi, Harold P Erickson, Terrence G Oas
Globular proteins are not permanently folded, but spontaneously unfold and refold on time scales that can span orders of magnitudes for different proteins. A long-standing debate in the protein-folding field is whether unfolding rates or folding rates correlate to the stability of a protein. In the present study we have determined the unfolding and folding kinetics of ten FNIII domains. FNIII domains are one of the most common protein folds, and are present in 2% of animal proteins. FNIII domains are ideal for this study because they have an identical 7-strand beta sandwich structure, but they vary widely in sequence and thermodynamic stability...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908136/polymer-extension-under-flow-some-statistical-properties-of-the-work-distribution-function
#19
Aishani Ghosal, Binny J Cherayil
In an extension of earlier studies from this group on the application of the Jarzynski equality to the determination of the elastic properties of a finitely extensible Rouse model of polymers under flow [A. Ghosal and B. J. Cherayil, J. Chem. Phys. 144, 214902 (2016)], we derive several new theoretical results in this paper on the nature of the distribution function P(w) that governs the long-time limit t>1 of the fluctuations in the work w performed by the polymer during flow-induced stretching. In particular, we show that an expression for the average of the nth power of the work, ⟨w(n)(t)⟩, can be obtained in closed form in this limit, making it possible to exactly calculate three important statistical measures of P(w): the mean μ, the skewness γ1, and the kurtosis γ2 (apart from the variance σ(2))...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908134/understanding-the-microsolvation-of-radicals-infrared-spectroscopy-of-benzyl-radical-water-clusters
#20
Daniel Leicht, Matin Kaufmann, Raffael Schwan, Jan Schäfer, Gerhard Schwaab, Martina Havenith
The IR spectrum of benzyl radical:water clusters was recorded. Benzyl radicals were produced by vacuum flash pyrolysis and trapped in superfluid helium nanodroplets. The infrared spectrum of benzyl radical water aggregates in the range 2585-2820 cm(-1) was recorded by subsequent addition of deuterated water. A total of seven peaks are observed at 2766, 2750, 2656, 2638, 2633, 2598, and 2593 cm(-1). Based on pressure dependent measurements and comparison to accompanying ab initio calculations, five of these bands are assigned to distinct O-D stretch vibrations of benzyl:water clusters with one and two water molecules...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
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